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The University of London (UoL), established in 1836, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom. Comprising 17 colleges and 10 specialised research institutes, UoL has a long history of academic excellence. The University of London International Programmes is a unique endeavour to make UoL’s educational expertise and resources available to students across the globe. Under this programme, UoL has 29 Affiliate Centres in different regions of the world.

ISBF was granted UoL Affiliate Centre status in India after stringent quality assessments. The facilities, faculty and academic standards at ISBF have been deemed equivalent to those provided at the University of London.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the 17 colleges under the University of London International Academy. LSE is ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd among global universities for Social Sciences (Economics) and Management by the QS World University Rankings, 2015.

LSE provides academic direction for the undergraduate and graduate programmes taught at ISBF. All courses offered at ISBF are designed by the LSE and students are groomed to cultivate an exploratory and involved approach towards academics. ISBF students access study material and online resources designed by the educators at the LSE. Exam papers are set by the LSE faculty, examinations are conducted at the British Council Centre and transcripts are sent to the LSE for grading. The results are declared globally along with all other Affiliate Centres across the world.

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The only difference between a UoL student in the UK and an international student at UoL is their location of study. A student in the UK is present at a college campus in London while an international student studies at the campus of an Affiliate Centre. The academic credentials acquired by them are equivalent in all respects. The principle of equivalence is enshrined in the University’s Statutes.

Statute 66 (2)
‘Candidates granted degrees and other awards shall have attained the same academic standard irrespective of mode or place of study or examination.’

The curriculum taught to international students is designed exclusively by the LSE faculty. Examination papers for both UK and international students are set by the same academicians. Grading of both sets of answer scripts is also done with the same level of scrutiny and stringent evaluation standards. This implies that the academic standing of an international student is exactly the same as that of a student enrolled in the UK.

The undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded at ISBF are internationally recognised degrees awarded by the University of London. The final degree includes the University of London logo and signature of the Vice-Chancellor, and indicates London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) as the lead college.

All graduating students are invited to attend the graduation ceremony in London. However, the cost of travel and accommodation for this has to be borne by the students.